Banned Books

57 EpisodesProduced by 1517 Podcasts

Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those wh… read more

57 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

57: The Schwabach Articles, part 1

May 15th, 2019

52:04

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss The Schwabach Articles. Sin, faith, lots of Holy Spirit, and why the Schwabach Articles are the …

56: The Marburg Articles

May 8th, 2019

1:01:30

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss the Marburg Theses. The Reformers, Luther and Zwingli (and their colleagues), sat down to try …

55: Ulrich Zwingli - 67 Theses Defending Reform

May 2nd, 2019

1:03:29

This week, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Ulrich Zwingli’s 67 Theses defending the theological reforms in Zurich. Zwingli is provocative, …

54: Oswald Chambers - Collision of God and Sin

April 24th, 2019

58:17

This week, Gillespie and Riley give Oswald Chambers a second go-round, reading and discussing The Collision of God and Sin.

Text: The Collision of …

53: Oswald Chambers - Complete & Effective Dominion

April 18th, 2019

1:08:33

Riley and Gillespie tackle a daily devotion from one of the OG’s of the Holiness Movement, Oswald Chambers.

Text: “Complete and Effective Dominion,” …

52: Thomas Aquinas on Baptism

April 10th, 2019

1:03:57

Riley and Gillespie dig into the Doctor Angelicus and his catechism on Baptism. 

Text: The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas - BAPTISM

Show Notes: 

51: Beth Moore - Christian Communicators

April 3rd, 2019

1:03:16

Riley and Gillespie tackle a request from a listener to engage with Beth Moore, popular author and speaker among evangelical Christian women. 

Text:

50: Interview with David Zahl - "Seculosity"

March 28th, 2019

1:02:23

This week, Gillespie and Riley interview David Zahl about his forthcoming book, “Seculosity.”

Text: Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, …

49: Charles Spurgeon - God or Self- Which?

March 20th, 2019

1:05:12

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Charles Spurgeon's sermon, "God or Self - Which?" This week, traditions, rituals, and a lot of talk about pastoral care.

Text: God or Self- Which? by Charles …

48: Gillespie and Riley - Q&A The Sequel

March 14th, 2019

1:11:50

This week, Gillespie and Riley answer your questions and respond to your comments. 

Show Notes: 

47: Flannery O’Connor - Good Country People, part 2

March 6th, 2019

1:01:32

Gillespie and Riley go back to O’Connor’s short story, Good Country People to discuss faith, humility, and the uncomfortable truth about ourselves. 

46: Flannery O’Connor - Good Country People, part 1

February 27th, 2019

1:00:26

This week, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Flannery O’Connor’s short story, Good Country People. What does it mean that someone is a good …

45: Fyodor Dostoevsky - The Failure of Christendom

February 20th, 2019

1:06:59

This week, Gillespie and Riley read from Dostoevsky's novel, The Idiot, and discuss the roots of the Roman Catholic church, atheism, socialism, and …

44: Bo Giertz - "Jesus Only"

February 13th, 2019

1:03:56

This week , we read from Bo Giertz’s novel, “The Hammer of God,” and discuss belief, revivalism versus liturgy, and what happens when Jesus alone is the focus of all our attention.  

Our Text: Hammer of God, p.122-123ff

43: Billy Graham - Christ’s Answer to The World

February 7th, 2019

1:08:16

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Billy Graham’s sermon, and the consequences of preaching law after the Gospel, adverbs, and the importance of staying away from God where He isn’t preached, …

42: William Barclay - Are All People Saved?

January 30th, 2019

59:19

This week, Gillespie and Riley read from William Barclay's spiritual biography, whether all people go to heaven. 

Our Text: William Barclay - “I am a Convinced Universalist”, from William Barclay: A Spiritual …

41: Augustine - Does Baptism Make Men New?

January 23rd, 2019

1:00:34

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read St. Augustine’s response to the Pelagians, who used his earlier writings against him, about misrepresentation concerning the effect of baptism.

Our Text: ST. AUGUSTINE - Against …

40: Martin Luther - Don’t Be Afraid to Be a Sinner

January 19th, 2019

1:04:35

This week, Gillespie and Riley read a pastoral letter written by Martin Luther advising a friend to not avoid being a sinner and put all his sins on …

39: The Obstinate Toy Soldiers - C.S. Lewis

January 9th, 2019

1:01:06

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss C.S. Lewis’ thoughts on God being born a man.

Our Text: C.S. LEWIS - Mere Christianity (The …

38: The Brutal, Humiliating, Joyous Christmas Gospel - Luther's Christmas Book

January 2nd, 2019

1:04:44

Gillespie and Riley return this week with another episode dedicated to Martin Luther's Christmas sermon. This time, they dig into the underlying brutality of the Christmas Gospel, Mary's humiliation, and Joseph's …

37: Christmas: the Perfect Time of Year for a Theologian of the Cross — Luther's Christmas Book

December 26th, 2018

58:51

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read from a Christmas sermon by their favorite heretic, Martin Luther. They discuss Mary's example of how God …

36: Advent Planking with Brennan Manning, part 2

December 20th, 2018

1:03:33

Gillespie and Riley follow up their reading of Brennan Manning's Advent Meditation, "Shipwrecked at The Stable" by discussing why Roman Catholic …

35: Planking with Brennan Manning, part 1

December 12th, 2018

1:15:25

This week, Gillespie and Riley dive into Brennan Manning's Advent Meditation, "Shipwrecked at The Stable," and they go deep into Manning's expression …

34: Turning the Metaphorical Gun on Ourself

December 5th, 2018

1:07:24

This week, Gillespie and Riley tackle your questions and comments. We discuss election, Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Bible translations, Sunday School, …

33: Please, Love Me Like You Do...

November 28th, 2018

1:07:28

This week, Gillespie and Riley wrap up their reading of Gerhard Forde's "On Being a Theologian of The Cross." What are the ramifications for …

32: Don't Like That We're Righteous Apart From Works? We're Not Done Yet.

November 21st, 2018

59:51

Continuing their conversation from episode #31, Gillespie and Riley follow Gerhard Forde, and with him examine Luther's Heidelberg Disputation. This …

31: Don't Like That We're Righteous Apart From Works? Good.

November 15th, 2018

55:05

Gillespie and Riley return this week, in conversation with Gerhard Forde about death, doing your best, and getting the "good" of works put in its …

30: If there's one thing a theologian of glory doesn't understand, it's the cross, part 2

November 10th, 2018

Gillespie and Riley continue their conversation about thesis nineteen of Luther's Heidelberg Disputation (with commentary by Gerhard Forde), and what …

29: If there's one thing a theologian of glory doesn't understand, it's the cross, part 1

October 24th, 2018

1:04:02

This week, Gillespie and Riley read Luther's nineteenth thesis from his Heidelberg Disputation, and (with Gerhard Forde's help) converse about …

28: I Want What I Want When I Want It... Again!

October 17th, 2018

1:07:08

This week, Gillespie and Riley return to the problem of the will (with much help from Gerhard Forde) as Martin Luther expresses it in thesis thirteen …

27: I Want What I Want When I Want It!

October 10th, 2018

1:26:26

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley dig into section two of Forde's book, "On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther's Heidelberg …

26: Let out the Viking, but keep him on the chain…

October 3rd, 2018

1:21:10

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley dive into Forde’s use of the analogy of addiction to explain original sin, passive righteousness, Jesus as Giver and gift, and Riley lets out the Viking (a little bit) to address …

25: All this damage - and it's old Adam’s fault.

September 27th, 2018

53:56

This week, Gillespie and Riley dive back into Forde’s “On Being a Theologian of the Cross.” With the help of Paul, Augustine, and Luther they discuss …

24: Your Theology Is Creating A Nice Little Climate of Panic

September 20th, 2018

1:48:30

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley continue their reading of Gerhard Forde’s “On Being a Theologian of The Cross.” This week, they discuss the two …

23: You'd think that killing people would make them like you

September 13th, 2018

1:33:14

This week, in preparation for the HWSS Conference, Gillespie and Riley jump into On Being a Theologian of the Cross, by Gerhard Forde. Why did Luther …

22: I'm stepping - I'm stepping in it! What does it smell like?

September 6th, 2018

1:06:48

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley discuss Menno Simon's writing on faith, why prepositions matter, and the practical consequences of Gospel-law sermons.

Our Text: Faith, Menno Simons

 

Show Notes: 

Menno Simons …

21: Just Follow The Step by Step Instructions

August 29th, 2018

1:32:29

This week, Gillespie and Riley dig into a sermon by William Seymour, who was a key figure in the Asuza Street Revival outpouring. In particular, they …

20: One sermon, two men, maximum effort

August 22nd, 2018

1:32:07

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley jump back into Whitefield's sermon, "The Folly and Danger of Being Not Righteous Enough." This week, they turn a …

19: One sermon, maximum effort

August 16th, 2018

1:17:14

This week, Gillespie and Riley discuss a sermon by George Whitefield, who defends his theology against the attacks of an “old light.”

Our Text: 

18: Now... okay, so, angels as people, tell me about that. Walk me through it.

August 8th, 2018

1:09:18

Gillespie and Riley touch down on Origen's commentary on John's Gospel this week. They discuss martyrology, whether angels come disguised as people, …

17: I feel the need… the need for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ!

August 1st, 2018

1:06:23

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley jump back into another letter from John Hus. This week, they discuss Hus’ letter to the people of Prague, urging them not to give up hope in the midst of persecution.

Our Text: John …

16: No, boys. There's two "O"s in Goose.

July 25th, 2018

1:09:57

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley dive into another letter from John Hus. This week, they take a critical look at Hus and discuss the influence of traditional Roman doctrine on Hus’ calls for reform.

Our Text: John …

15: With this collar on, my superpower is just unbridled preaching

July 18th, 2018

1:06:01

Pastors Gillespie and Riley read a letter from John Huss to John Barbatus about the biblical teaching on who can (and cannot) preach.

Our Text: John …

14: Wait, no, stop! - part 2

July 11th, 2018

1:26:28

Riley and Gillespie wrap up their conversation about Robert Capon's "The Astonished Heart" No really, this is it. 

Our Text: The Astonished Heart: Reclaiming the Good News from the Lost-and-Found of Church History by …

13: Wait, no, stop! - part 1

July 4th, 2018

1:24:22

Riley and Gillespie wrap up their conversation about Robert Capon's "The Astonished Heart" kind of... sort of... or maybe not.

Our Text: The Astonished Heart: Reclaiming the Good News from the Lost-and-Found of Church …

12: We're not going to walk this one off.

June 27th, 2018

1:20:49

Riley and Gillespie continue their theological adventure through Robert Capon's "The Astonished Heart." This week, they examine the corporate model …

11: Pump the moralistic, therapeutic, deism brakes, American Christianity.

June 20th, 2018

1:04:46

Pastors Riley and Gillespie can't get enough of Robert Capon's "The Astonished Heart," so this week, they talk about the roots of American Christianity, and how to establish churches that function without the Gospel. 

10: According to the Kübler-Ross model, starting your own church is just one of the five stages of divorce.

June 13th, 2018

1:09:08

Pastors Riley and Gillespie jump back into Robert Capon's "The Astonished Heart," to discuss Henry VIII, Catholic elasticity, and mini Christendoms.

9: I Guess Reformation Theology and Dubstep Never Dies

June 6th, 2018

1:16:15

Pastors Riley and Gillespie jump back into Robert Capon's "The Astonished Heart," to discuss Martin Luther, the Reformation, and what happens when justification by faith alone busts loose in Christendom.

Our Text: The …

8: Who are you? I'm Batma... I'm Constantine.

May 30th, 2018

1:19:29

Pastors Riley and Gillespie jump into Robert Capon's "The Astonished Heart," to discuss Constantine, Christendom and it's consequences.

Our Text: The Astonished Heart: Reclaiming the Good News from the Lost-and-Found of …

7: Part 2 - Rounding up all the Christendom in the world and launching it into space so it cannot ever hurt us again

May 23rd, 2018

1:13:29

Pastors Riley and Gillespie continue to discuss Soren Kierkegaard’s “Preparation for Christianity,” where the Dane criticizes the church for making sin to be of little consequence and therefore making the Savior and His …

6: Part 1 - Rounding up all the Christendom in the world and launching it into space so it cannot ever hurt us again.

May 16th, 2018

1:20:52

Pastors Riley and Gillespie discuss Soren Kierkegaard’s “Preparation for Christianity,” where the Dane criticizes the church for offering people a Christ strictly in his ascended and victorious state and neglecting …

5: Part 2: Two Natures and Maximum Effort

May 9th, 2018

1:18:54

Riley and Gillespie continue to talk about Athanasius’ , “On The Incarnation”, but this week they get into the historical, bodily resurrection of Jesus, and why Jesus’ resurrection upends our search for self-discovery …

4: Part 1: Two Natures and Maximum Effort

May 2nd, 2018

1:10:22

Riley and Gillespie talk about Athanasius’ apology in his writing, “On The Incarnation”, for the historical, bodily death of Jesus, and why Jesus’ …

3: Part 3: “Piss Off, Athanasian Ghost!”

April 25th, 2018

1:22:12

Theological Inception, episode 3 - Riley and Gillespie continue to talk about C.S. Lewis talking about Athanasius talking about Jesus, and offer lots …

2: Part 2: “Piss Off, Athanasian Ghost!”

April 18th, 2018

1:22:04

Theological Inception, episode 2 - Riley and Gillespie continue to talk about C.S. Lewis talking about Athanasius talking about Jesus, but there’s no …

1: Part 1: "Piss Off, Athanasian Ghost!"

April 11th, 2018

1:07:18

Theological Inception, episode 1 - Riley and Gillespie talk about C.S. Lewis talking about Athanasius talking about Jesus.

Our Text:

Introduction to …

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